Inspirational Paradigm Request For Proposals Round II

Inspirational Paradigm RFP Round II proposals are due March 31, 2022. A five-member committee will review proposals and make awards with the available funding, taking into consideration evaluation metrics and criteria articulated below. The selection committee membership will be:

  • Two deans from AJCU business schools, one of who will serve as committee chair, to be selected by the AJCU deans
  • Two non-US members from the IAJU Inspirational Paradigm Taskforce, to be selected by the IAJU Taskforce Chair
  • One faculty member from an AJCU business school who is not responding to the RFP and is not at the same institution as the AJCU member deans, to be selected by the two-member AJCU deans

All committee members should be selected with consideration given for gender, ethnic, and racial diversity. The co-chairs are responsible for convening the committee and for communicating with RFP applicants about the outcome of their proposal. Once selected, the chair will become the contact for questions about the RFP and RFP process.  The chair will also report to the AJCU deans about the awards made for the RFP.

The committee will develop a rubric consistent with the principles laid out in the RFP and use it to guide its decision making.  The committee will endeavor to make its selections by April 30, 2022 and to communicate those decisions to applicants by May 15, 2022.

Awardees will sign an agreement to use the funding only for the stated purposes of the proposal, to distribute the resulting materials on the IgnitEd platform for the widest possible distribution, to be willing to participate in a project showcase event, and to agree to receive a 50% disbursement at the beginning of the project and a 50% disbursement upon completion.  Disbursements will be handled by the AJCU Business Deans treasurer in coordination with the selection committee.


Project Overview

Under the sponsorship of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU), a Taskforce representing the six regions of the world was convened in March 2019 to develop a pathway to drive transformation in Jesuit Business Education.

A first step was the drafting of “The Inspirational Paradigm for Jesuit Business Education” in response to the most recent Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus. The report was released in June, 2020, ( and the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Business School Deans are interested in continuing to encourage the development of materials that will assist Jesuit business schools in the US and worldwide to align themselves with the Inspirational Paradigm. Request For Proposal Round I funded 28 Inspirational Paradigm projects from 25 Jesuit business schools within nine countries on four continents!


Project Goals

The second round of this project will continue to use a challenge grant program to encourage the development of materials – such as videos, podcasts, teaching notes, etc... -- that faculty can use to integrate the principles of the Inspirational Paradigm into their teaching, as well as to develop materials that would support co-curricular programming consistent with the Inspirational Paradigm.

Scope of Work

The scope of work will vary with the type of materials developed. Deliverables might include, but are not limited to, cases, videos, podcasts, simulations, teaching notes, supporting materials, etc. It is expected that some projects will entail more work than others, and incentive grants will vary to match the scope, with grants ranging between $1,000 and $8,000.


Evaluation Metrics and Criteria

Projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Advancement of the aims of the Inspirational Paradigm
  • Relevant expertise and experience of participants to produce a high-quality project
  • Evidence that project will foster collaboration between and meet the needs of multiple Jesuit business schools including the MBA curriculum
  • Degree of innovation in project scope
  • Efficiency of resource use implied by budget submitted
  • Ability to leverage resources from other sources in the production of the project


Submission Requirements

Proposals will be evaluated based on these materials:

  • Information on the qualifications and experience of project participants (including CVs)
  • A budget detailing the major spending categories, including stipends to grant participants and non-salary expenditures
  • A description of the project written with the evaluation criteria in mind
  • Sources and amounts of any other funding expected to support the project (including from the home institution(s) of participating faculty)
  • Project timeline, with finished product due on or before September 30, 2022
  • Proposals should not exceed 1250 words and ten pages including any attachments (excluding CVs)


Submit Your Proposals To…

James E Joseph

Dean, Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College

& Carroll School Global Ignatian Fellow at Boston College

Email: josepjae [at]

Mobile: 315.264.0065

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